Barkley fortunate not to see red
One man who certainly epitomises all of the passion surrounding the Merseyside derby is Everton’s Ross Barkley, and he was dousing himself in controversy once again at Anfield on Saturday.
Cast your minds back to the previous fixture between these two sides at Goodison Park and it was the Toffees’ midfielder who was making the headlines for the wrong reasons, labelled ‘lucky’ by manager Ronald Koeman for remaining on the pitch after a horrific late challenge on fellow England teammate and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
Fast forward to April and this time Barkley went in late on Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren, putting his studs up and over the ball and onto the ankle of the Croatian, only to be brandished a yellow card.
On first look, it appeared to be an extremely late challenge, and a second, slowed down glance only added to the controversy that he wasn’t dismissed, with a clear stamp being made on Lovren’s foot.
Fortunately for Liverpool, Barkley’s presence on the field didn’t impact the result, but it’s yet to be seen if the FA will take a second look at the incident and potentially take retrospective action.
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